To the south of Pattaya is Big Buddha Hill. On top of the hill sits the Big Buddha over-looking Pattaya and Jomtien. The Buddha is approximately 30m (100ft) high. The structure was constructed when Pattaya was still a small fishing village before being discovered by military personnel during the Vietnam conflict.
If coming to Pattaya a trip to this area is well worth the effort. Other interesting sites in the area are the temple near the Big Buddha and to the west Pratamnak Hill and Admiral Hill Viewpoint. There is also a fitness park on the north slope of the hill.
This photo shows the Big Buddha at a quieter time.